Other Township Officials
Roger Seely - Supervisor Gary Bluschke - Trustee Jerry Jones - Building Official/Ordinance Officer
Denise Cook - Clerk Chuck Garlanger - Trustee Sue Rice - Assessor
Dave Vonk - Treasurer Ron Griffin - Trustee Ross Bates - Chief of Police
Tim Fenderbosch - Manager Melissa Schultz - Trustee
3000 Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 147
Saint Joseph MI 49085-0147
Phone (269) 429-7703
Fax (269) 429-2079
Administrative office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (except holidays).
Updated November 21, 2013
· St. Joseph Charter Township has extended yard waste pickup! Best Way Disposal will pick up yard waste on December 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in all areas of the Township. Please put your yard waste out on any of these dates.
· Please be aware of the following:
On July 6, 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (Act). The Act calls on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies to make a number of changes to the way National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is run. Some of these changes have already been put in place, and others will be implemented in the coming months. Key provisions of the legislation will require NFIP to raise rates to reflect true flood risk, make the program more financially stable, and change how Flood Insurance Rate map (FIRM) updates impact policyholders. The changes will mean premium rate increase for some - but not all - policyholders over time.
The new law encourages program financial stability by eliminating some artificially low rates and discounts. Most flood insurance rates will now move to reflect full risk, and flood insurance rates will rise on some policies. Actions such as buying a property, allowing a policy to lapse, or purchasing a new policy can trigger rate changes. Fortunately, there are some actions you can take to minimize the effect of these increases.
Whether or not your rates increase, it may be possible to lower your flood insurance costs. You should talk to your insurance agent about specific insurance options available to you. Make sure you discuss deductibles, content coverage and structural coverage, and ask for an estimate for all of the options.
Your agent may recommend obtaining an elevation certificate. The elevation certificate is an important document used to determine the correct rating for your structure. A licensed surveyor or registered engineer will collect elevation data on your specific structure, which can be used to re- rate the policy.
Additionally, elevating, rebuilding or altering your structure can lower flood risk and may reduce premiums. This includes building or rebuilding structures to higher elevations, adding flood vents, or filling in lower levels of a structure. Projects such as these require local permits, but may result in lower insurance premiums, or possibly removal from the floodplain. These types of projects should be discussed with the local Building Official. Please contact Jerry Jones at (269) 429-7703 if you are considering altering your structure.
For further information visit the FEMA Biggert Waters resource page at http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program/flood-insurance-reform-act-2012.
· BEWARE – Warning for Consumers: Health Insurance Scams
The Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) is warning consumers of new scams that have been taking place due to confusion over changes that are being ushered in by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Residents are advised to not give out their personal information to an unsolicited caller. Government agencies and legitimate organizations that residents do business with will have that information already, and will only ask for it if the call originates from the resident.
Other tips to avoid scams:
- No government employee sells insurance over the phone, door-to-door or by e-mail. Health plans and insurance licenses can be verified by calling DIFS toll-free at (877) 999-6442 or on the DIFS website at www.michigan.gov/difs.
- Don’t give out personal information to anyone who requests your bank account or routing number. There are no new cards with the ACA and you will not need a new Medicaid card.
More information can be found through the DIFS website. If you feel you have be contacted by a suspicious caller asking for personal information, please contact DIFS toll-free at (877) 999-6442.
· Winter tax bills will be mailed out on December 1st.
· The Township Hall will be closed on Wednesday, December 11th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm so that the staff can celebrate at their annual Christmas luncheon.
· Please note the following dates that the Township Hall will be closed:
Thursday, November 28th – Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 29th – Day After Thanksgiving
Tuesday, December 24th – Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 25th – Christmas Day
Wednesday, January 1st – New Year’s Day
· Property tax information is available online at https://www.is.bsasoftware.com. Our information is listed under “Berrien County”. Tax inquiries for property owners are free for any property that they own. All other inquiries are charged $2.00 each. You may look at the history of the taxes for your property for the last twenty years, see current information, and print off duplicate bill information.
Just follow the directions to set up your account.
If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at (269) 932-0269.
Please click on the dates for more information
|Township Board of
1st Monday of the Month
12 pm - Workshop
7 pm - Regular Meeting
6:30 pm - 2nd Tuesday Bi-Monthly
Zoning Board of Appeals
7 pm - 2nd Wednesday (As Requested)
Meetings are held at the Township Hall
and are open to the Public.
2013 Dates the Office will be Closed
Tuesday, January 1st - New Year’s Day
Friday, March 29th - Spring Holiday
Friday, May 24th & Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day Weekend
Thursday, July 4th & Friday, July 5th - 4th of July
Friday, August 30th & Monday, September 2nd - Labor Day Weekend
Thursday, November 28th & Friday, November 29th - Thanksgiving
Tuesday, December 24th & Wednesday, December 25th - Christmas
Update NewsletterOctober 2009